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Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 13:36

The Green Party has asked the Auditor General to investigate serious conflicts of interest over Food and Grocery Chief Katherine Rich’s membership on the board of the Health Promotion Agency (the Agency).

“I’ve asked the Auditor General to investigate because the Health Minister won’t,” Green Party health spokesman Kevin Hague said today.

“Health Minster Jonathan Coleman’s complacency is alarming.

Julie Anne Genter MP
Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 13:34

The National Government is delaying Auckland’s rail development, while pushing ahead with the expensive Puhoi to Wellsford motorway, a motorway with declining traffic volumes, benefiting fewer people and business, said the Green Party today.

Yesterday, Mayor Len Brown proposed to push back the start date of the City Rail Link due to a lack of funding certainty. The National Government has said it will not commit funding before 2020, despite huge growth on the rail network.

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 11:00

“The National Government has gone cold on climate action after New Zealand experiences hottest June on Record and the world heads for the hottest year on record, the Green Party said today.

The World Meteorological Organisation’s preliminary estimate released overnight indicates 2014 is on track to be one of the hottest, if not the hottest years on record.

“New Zealanders want to do our fair share to reduce emissions, but the National Government is planning to increase New Zealand’s emissions,” Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 12:12

The constant drive to cut costs by diverting work to workers from other countries leaves New Zealand workers increasingly vulnerable, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.

Sealord confirmed it will cut 70 factory jobs, 11 office-based jobs and another 30 contract workers at its Nelson wetfish factory. A significant number of the company's onshore jobs in Nelson could end up being carried out by Russians on Sealord's Ukrainian flagged vessels.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 10:53

The decline in dairy commodity prices should be a call to action for the Government to massively step up its investment in research and development (R&D), the Green Party said today.

The key dairy commodity, whole milk powder, plunged further, putting pressure on Fonterra to reduce its forecast milk pay out to farmers. Whole milk powder fell by 7.1 percent overnight following a 5 percent drop a fortnight ago. A pay out to farmers below $5 per kilo of milk solids could knock nearly $6 billion from the New Zealand economy.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 11:16

The Green Party is criticising the Police’s decision to not investigate evidence of criminal activity detailed in the book Dirty Politics.

The Police wrote to the Green Party yesterday to confirm they will not be investigating a range of alleged activities detailed in the book, including the hacking of the Labour Party database and blackmail of politicians.

“We think the Police have got it wrong. There is clear evidence contained in Dirty Politics that deserves further investigation,” said Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei.

Monday, December 1, 2014 - 11:56

The weakness of National’s one product to one market economic strategy was highlighted today with falling dairy prices hurting the terms of trade this quarter, the Green Party said.

The merchandise (goods) terms of trade fell 4.4 percent in the September 2014 quarter, due to export prices falling more than import prices, led by the decline in international dairy prices. Seasonally adjusted dairy values fell 8.9 percent after an 8.6 percent fall in the June 2014 quarter.

Monday, December 1, 2014 - 11:45

John Key must assure New Zealand that he has closed down the Black Ops attack unit in his office, and promise to sever all contact with blogger Cameron Slater, the Green Party said today.

“John Key has today gone on the defensive making all sorts of excuses for misleading reporters, and Parliament, about his texts to notorious blogger Cameron Slater.” Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman said.

“John Key is trying to confuse New Zealanders but in the process is digging himself deeper into the mess his relationship with Cameron Slater has caused.

Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 08:47

One of the five Charter schools lauded by the Government as a success has lost a quarter of its school roll this year, with each student now costing four times as much to teach than children in a regular public school, the Green Party said today.

Latest Ministry of Education roll count data shows that Vanguard Military College had 79 students attending in October this year – 25 percent below the 108 students it is funded to teach and the 104 students it started the year with. Unlike state sector schools Charters don’t lose funding when they lose students.

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 13:07

The Green Party has today asked the Chief Archivist to look into the maintenance of public records by the Prime Minister and his office in the wake of admissions by the Government the Prime Minister deletes all his texts.

Yesterday Steven Joyce revealed, during question time, that John Key deletes texts messages he receives in his capacity as the Prime Minister, and the Prime Minster said he receives 1000 texts a day.